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Description:In this 1997 image, a man seated in a wheelchair was shown accessing a bank of mailboxs, which had been designed so that the lowest row of boxes was at a level, which placed them within easy reach for those who were of shorter stature, or as was the case here, someone seated in a wheelchair. Features such as accessible mailboxes are critical components when creating accessible public spaces in multifamily housing.

“The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.”
The CUD’s mission is to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education and design assistance.”Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- Provide the same means of use for all users: identical whenever possible; equivalent when not

- Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users

- Provisions for privacy, security, and safety should be equally available to all users

- Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Minimize repetitive actions

- Minimize sustained physical effort

- Provide a clear line of sight to important elements for any seated or standing user

- Make reach to all components comfortable for any seated or standing user

- Provide adequate space for the use of assistive devices or personal assistance

High Resolution: Click here for hi-resolution image (21.56 MB)
Content Providers(s):CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
Creation Date:1997
Photo Credit:Center for Universal Design
Links:North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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